Can Germany survive Islam?
That question is once again at the center of the country's public discourse amid the violent protests that followed last week's brutal killing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two Muslim refugees, and the publication of a new book titled "Hostile Takeover, how Islam halts progress and threatens society."
On Saturday, about 11,000 people (8,000 right-wing and far-right protesters and about 3,000 anti-Nazis, according to police estimates) took to the streets of the eastern German city of Chemnitz, where the killing occurred. Eighteen people were injured, including a TV reporter who was thrown down a flight of stairs.
There's nothing new about such clashes, or even the debate over Islam. What the past week reveals, however, is the degree to which the refugee influx since 2015 continues to dominate the country's politics and fuel support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).